Proposition 32 is more than a measure to change union member dues payments for political purposes from involuntary to voluntary. Proposition 32 also prevents both unions and corporations from contributing money directly to political candidates or candidate pass-through committees.
But recognizing the recent First Amendment decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that overturned a federal campaign finance restriction, this measure does not prevent unions and corporations from making contributions to independent committees. They could still make expenditures in support or opposition to ballot measures. They just couldn’t collect it from payroll deductions.
Another key element of this proposition is that it bans political contributions by government contractors to elected officials who play a role in awarding their contracts. This same ban also applies to”public sector labor unions with collective bargaining.”
This is the only way to break the cycle of overspending by the Legislature. This would also end a sometimes excessively cozy relationship between county boards of supervisors and county employee unions.
The Mountain Democrat urges a yes vote on Proposition 32.